Swedish Health System Board of Trustees

Michael Hart, M.D., Interim Chair
Michael J. Hart, M.D. joined the Swedish Board in December 2012. Dr. Hart is a graduate of Holy Cross College and Yale University School of Medicine. After surgical residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, he served at the United States Public Health Service Hospital in Seattle. He has practiced general surgery at Swedish with a special interest in hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery. He was the director of the Swedish surgery residency program from 1983 to 2012. During that time the program increased in size and it is now recognized as one of the premiere private practice training programs in the nation. Dr. Hart has served as chief of surgery and chief of staff at Swedish First Hill. He has been a governor of the American College of Surgeons, and has served as president of the Washington State Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He recently served on the board of directors of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and served on the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for General Surgery. He was the president of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association in 2007 and president of the North Pacific Surgical Association in 2008. He holds the rank of clinical professor of surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Hart is a 2010 recipient of the ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach award. Dr. Hart retired from surgical practice in June, 2012 after serving twenty-nine years as surgery residency program director. 

R. Miller Adams
R. Miller Adams joined the Swedish Board in August 2015. He is managing director at Triad Capital Partners, a Seattle based private equity that makes investments in early to mid-stage technology companies. Adams started his career in private law practice followed by a decade as a senior executive at The Boeing Company, developing and managing a broad technology strategy that included both internal technology planning for the Phantom Works business unit and an external enterprise technology acquisition strategy the evolved into the Boeing global R&D strategy. This strategy included a technology focused global venture capital fund, where Adams served as president of Boeing Phantom Works Investments, Inc. While at Boeing, Adams opened the company’s first international R&D facility and created an internal technology incubator strategy designed to create business opportunities around Boeing technologies. Following his successful career at Boeing, Adams joined Integral Systems, Inc., as executive vice president for corporate affairs, general counsel and secretary. Integral Systems is the world leader in satellite command and control technologies. Adams directed all legal work and was responsible for a broad array of corporate functions including human resources, facilities, government compliance, classified facilities, corporate security, contracts, quality, export compliance and procurement. Integral Systems was successfully sold to another public company. Adams earned a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and a law degree at the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He has a long history of business and civic involvement, including serving as president of the Rainier Club, convening board member of Tech4America.org, board member (a gubernatorial appointment) for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, trustee of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and trustee of the Museum of History & Industry. Adams is admitted to practice before various state and federal courts and is a member of local and national bar associations.

Robert Andrews
Robert Andrews joined the Swedish Board in August 2015. He founded Northwest Retail Partners, Ltd. in September of 1992. Andrews has more than 25 years’ experience in commercial real estate, including strategic planning, market penetration, retail development and leasing, project planning, and disposition of surplus properties. Prior to founding Northwest Retail Partners, Andrews worked with CB Commercial Real Estate Group, dealing in a variety of areas including finance, property management, appraisals, commercial real estate sales and leasing. He has provided long-term counsel/representation to a number of prominent companies including Bed Bath & Beyond, Whole Foods, Cabela’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom Rack, Home Depot, Hollywood Video and Magnolia Hi-Fi. Andrews received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and is affiliated with the International Council of Shopping Centers. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two boys.

Teresa Bigelow
Teresa Bigelow has served on the Swedish Board since May 2007. She worked as an attorney specializing in healthcare law for 24 years. Bigelow co-founded Bennett, Bigelow & Leedom, a healthcare law firm, in 1983, and served as managing partner until 1995. She served as president of the Washington Society of Healthcare Attorneys and president of the Healthcare Financial Managers Association, Washington chapter. As a healthcare attorney she worked in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, tax, antitrust, fraud and abuse, joint ventures, payor contracting, managed care, and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. She tried cases in federal and state court, including federal class actions on behalf of hospitals and hospital systems, and appeared before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Bigelow founded The Safe Crossings Foundation in 1989, served as that organizations's president from 1989 to 2006, and continues to serve on the board as an emeritus member.

Cheryl Gossman 
Cheryl Gossman joined the Board of Governors in 2004 and served as chair from 2008-13. She has been on the Swedish Board of Trustees since 2008. She has served on many committees during her tenure, including: the Campaign Leadership Council, the Women and Children Advisory Council, and the Allocation Committee.  She currently serves on the board’s Quality and Safety Committee and the Finance and Capital Projects Committee. 

Gossman has more than 15 years of experience in health care with a special focus on physician practice management. She earned a master's degree in health care management at George Washington University. 

Gossman has volunteered at St. Anne School, Seattle Preparatory, Lakeside and Holy Names Academy. She currently is a member of Katy McKay Circle of Association for Catholic Childhood.

Jessica Hughes
Jessica Hughes is vice chair of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors. In addition she serves as chair of the Board Governance Committee, which has a critical role as the Board readies itself for the challenges of the future. She joined the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors in 2011 and has recently been appointed as a member of the Swedish Board of Trustees. Hughes was born and raised in Seattle and has made it her home most of her life. She has had careers in both commercial real estate and banking/finance here in Seattle. She was heavily involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and has spent six years on the Bertschi School Board. She is currently a member of the Epiphany School Board. Hughes has a deep appreciation for Women and Infant services at Swedish having spent five months in all parts of it caring for her infant son who was born prematurely. She now believes that miracles do happen, but knows that her son wouldn't have made it home without the amazing skill and care of Swedish physicians and staff. She and her husband live in Seattle and are proud parents of two sons.

Peggy Hutchison, M.D.
Peggy Hutchison, M.D. joined the Swedish Board on January 1, 2018. She currently is the system chief of staff for the Swedish Unified Medical Staff. She also is the chair of the system Medical Executive Committee for Swedish’s Ballard, Cherry Hill, First Hill and Issaquah campuses. From 2013-2015, she served as the chief of staff-elect for the Swedish Ballard, Cherry Hill and First Hill campuses, then served as the chief of staff for those campuses from 2015-2017. Her role of past chief of staff runs through 2019.

Dr. Hutchison has been a practicing physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology at Swedish and the Seattle OB/GYN Group since 1998. Previously, she worked at Kaiser Permanente in California and Providence in Seattle. She earned a medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Department of OB/GYN, University of California-Irvine. There, she was chief administrative chief resident in 1992 and earned a distinguished award that same year “for excellence and dedication to teaching.” She became a board-certified OB/GYN fellow in 1995. Additionally, she earned a bachelor of science in nursing and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Portland-Oregon. She was a practicing registered nurse from 1975 to 1983, and served as the director of nursing at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle from 1980-83.

Dr. Hutchison’s broad experience in the medical field includes work with intensive and critical care, bone marrow transplant, cancer research, and obstetrics and gynecology. In the field of obstetrics and gynecology, she’s focused on minimally invasive, laparoscopy and robotic surgery techniques.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Hutchison has been active on numerous committees at Swedish, particularly in the areas quality, patient safety and physician leadership. She is a long-standing member of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, the Washington Gynecology Association, the Washington State Medical Society, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has multiple times been honored with a “top doctor” designation by peers and patients alike in the Seattle area. 

William W. Krippaehne Jr.
Bill Krippaehne has been on the Swedish Board since 2002. He is the former president and chief executive officer of Fisher Communications, Inc., in Seattle. Prior to that he had held other management positions at Fisher, was a stockholder partner and senior vice president at Cushman & Wakefield, and was vice president and general manager of The Gilley Company.

Chuck Lytle
Lytle has been on the Swedish Board since 2007 and is a past vice chair. He is a past chairman of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors, where he has been a member since 1990. He also served as chair of the Allocations Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee and the Cancer Advisory Council. He is a member of the Swedish Medical Center Capital Campaign and the Woman and Infants Leadership Council. Previously, he sat on the board of the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. Lytle is president and founder of Lytle Enterprises, which is a senior housing company established in 1976. He has served on the boards of senior housing, community hospitals, and health maintenance organizations nationwide. In addition to past service on the board of Payless Drug Stores, Lytle was president of Washington State Special Olympics, vice chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for United Way, and vice president of PONCHO. He currently serves as a director on the board of Performing Arts Center Eastside, which is the parent organization of Tateuchi Center, and is a past co-chair of the Tateuchi Center capital and endowment campaign.

R. Omar Riojas
Omar Riojas joined the Swedish board in March 2015. He is a partner at Kelley, Goldfarb, Huck, Roth & Riojas, PLLC. Riojas concentrates in complex and high stakes commercial litigation in state and federal court, including business and tort litigation, securities, consumer and wage-and-hour class actions, and corporate governance litigation. He also has experience in litigation concerning employment, insurance, financial institutions, and real estate. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals, as plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court. Riojas has also repeatedly been named a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Super Lawyers magazine. Prior to joining Kelley Goldfarb, Riojas was a business litigator at large defense firms (DLA Piper and Heller Ehrman). He graduated from Stanford Law School and from the University of Washington with distinction. Following law school, he was a judicial extern clerk for the Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Stanley D. Savage
Stanley D. Savage joined the Swedish board in December 2012. He is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Commerce Bank of Washington, N.A., and chairman of The Commerce Bank of Oregon. Both banks are subsidiaries of Zions Bancorporation, where Savage serves on the Executive Management Committee as an executive vice president. Savage has more than 35 years of banking and management experience. Savage received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington, a master's in business administration from University of Southern California, and is a graduate of the London Business School Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management. His present civic activities include serving on a number of not-for-profit and business related boards including the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, ArtsFund, Seattle Repertory Theatre Foundation and the Seattle Art Museum.

Martin Siegel, M.D.
Martin Siegel, M.D., has been a member of the Swedish Board since 2000. He is a physician specializing in infectious disease who has been on the Swedish staff since 1980. Dr. Siegel was medical director of epidemiology at Swedish from 1993-2005, and served as president of The Polyclinic from 2000-03. He is a clinical professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. Prior to joining Swedish, he was an investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Prior to moving to Seattle, Dr. Siegel was a clinical research investigator at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. 

He has received numerous awards for teaching and providing care. In 2012 he was elevated to the Seattle Magazine “Hall of Fame” having been elected to Best Doctor issues for 10 consecutive years. In 2011 he was recognized as Healthcare Professional of the Year by the Seattle Business Journal. At Swedish he was awarded the Physician Recognition Award (2004) and the Elmer J. Nordstrom Distinguished Service Award from the Swedish Foundation in 2011. He was voted “Best Teacher” by the Swedish medical resident staff in 1986 and 1991. At Providence Health & Services he was a member of the Clinical Council helping to create and review quality projects from 2013-15. He left full-time practice in 2014 and was invited to join the teaching faculty at Harborview Medical Center in 2013 where he supervises medical fellow in infectious disease training. 

He also has served in the community as a volunteer tutor at the Beacon Hill International Elementary School from 2013-2016. 

Tanya Sorensen, M.D.
Tanya Sorensen, M.D., joined the Swedish Board in 2018. She is a practicing maternal fetal medicine physician at Swedish, and has been Swedish’s executive director for Women’s Services since 2014. As co-director of the Swedish Center for Perinatal Studies (1993-2016) and clinical faculty at the University of Washington, she authored or co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed research publications. She served on the executive committee for the Washington State Obstetric Association for five years, and currently serves as a board member at the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. She has been a member of the Providence-affiliated Institute for Systems Biology scientific advisory board since 2016. At Providence she serves on both the Women and Children’s Leadership Council and the Research Leadership Council. She received her bachelor of science degree from Bucknell University and is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. She and her husband have two adult daughters, both living in Seattle.

Margaret Stanley, MHA, Chair, Quality & Safety Committee
Margaret Stanley joined the Swedish Board in March 2015. She is a retired health care executive, who has more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She served as the first executive director of the Puget Sound Health Alliance, now the Washington Health Alliance, from 2005-08, when she retired. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality and containing costs. Before joining the Alliance, Stanley served as a senior vice president at Regence BlueShield in Seattle from 1999 until 2004, when she retired for the first time. 

Prior to joining BlueShield, Stanley was the health benefits administrator at CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, from 1996-99. There she was responsible for providing health benefits for over one million state and public agency employees and retirees. Before joining CalPERS, Stanley served as administrator of the Washington State Health Care Authority and chaired the Public Employees Benefits Board from 1988 to 1996. She was responsible for purchasing health care services for public employees and retirees and ran the Basic Health Plan. In that capacity, she also served as vice chair of the Washington Health Care Commission from 1990-92. She served as executive vice president and chief Health Care Management officer of Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska from 1984-88. She founded and served as president and chief executive officer of HealthPlus, a Blue Cross HMO, from 1981-88. From 1977 to 1980, Stanley was a clinic manager and outpatient administrator for Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. She served as the chair of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board, which is responsible for administering health care reform in Washington state. 

She has a master of health administration degree from the University of Washington and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Bucknell University. In 2013, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Health Care from Seattle Business Magazine. She was born in New York, raised in Vienna, Virginia, and has lived in Washington state since 1969.   

Kristen Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN
Kristen Swanson joined the Swedish Board in January 2015. She is dean of the College of Nursing at Seattle University. She previously served as dean and alumni distinguished professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, and associate chief nursing officer for Academic Affairs at UNC Hospitals. Her research focuses on caring, responses to miscarriage and interventions to promote healing after early pregnancy loss. Her caring theory has been used to guide practice, education, and research in schools and health-care settings around the world. She was the first Virginia Mason Medical Center distinguished nurse scholar. She has been a visiting professor in the United States, England, Thailand, Taiwan, and Sweden, and is frequently invited to consult on strategies to create and sustain a culture of patient centered caring in health care settings. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing the national organization that services as both the architect and standard setting body for nursing education at the baccalaureate through doctoral levels. She is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, an advanced leadership initiative for nurses in senior executive roles who aspire to lead and shape the future U.S. health care system.

Joel Wassermann, M.D.
Joel Wassermann, M.D., is a graduate of Brown University and the Brown University Program in Medicine. After graduating from medical school in 1992 he came to Seattle for the Providence Family Medicine Residency Program. He completed the University of Washington Tacoma Family Medicine fellowship in rural family medicine and joined the faculty there for two years.  After practicing family medicine for several years, Dr. Wassermann developed an interest in emergency medicine and in 2002 completed the Boston Medical Center Boston University Residency in Emergency Medicine. He returned to Seattle and has practiced emergency medicine ever since. He practiced at Virginia Mason and Group Health prior to joining Swedish and practicing at the Cherry Hill, Mill Creek, Issaquah and Redmond campuses. Dr. Wassermann has served as chief of emergency medicine and as medical director for the Swedish Lake Sammamish Emergency Department. He became chief medical officer at Issaquah in 2013, and has served as medical director for Quality Management since 2016. His wife Krista is an ARNP and works as a hospice case manager with Providence. They have two teenaged daughters and like to cook, ski and cycle.